Google Down the Line!: THE LOW DOWN: Shrieka reveals surgery on shoulder, questionable for Aussie Open defense

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

THE LOW DOWN: Shrieka reveals surgery on shoulder, questionable for Aussie Open defense

Will Maria Sharapova miss out on defending her Aussie Open title? Maybe so.

The Russian glamazon has revealed via her Weekly Doodles that after 10 weeks of rehab in Arizona the pain in her balky shoulder remained and she underwent "minor arthroscopic surgery" in October to fix the issue. She has subsequently pulled out of the Hong Kong exo and could possibly miss the Aussie Open:

Hello Everyone!

I am finally back on the court hitting tennis balls again! It is such a relief to be out there enjoying every second of it.

Let me tell you how I got to this point. As you know from my last doodle, I went to see the top shoulder specialist in NY and he sent me to work with a shoulder rehab specialist in Phoenix, Arizona. I was in Phoenix working on my shoulder for 10 weeks. We were working hard on my strength and building up all the muscles around my shoulder. Since I can only do that for 2 hours a day, I also worked really hard on working on other parts of my body. Unfortunately after my 10 weeks of shoulder rehab, I started hitting and serving again and I still felt the same exact pain that I have had in my shoulder since March. I went back to NY to see Dr.Altcheck on October 14 and we went to plan B. On the morning of October 15 Dr. Altcheck performed a minor arthroscopic surgery that lasted 22 minutes on my right shoulder.

The procedure was successful and very simple. I left the hospital a few hours after the procedure and flew to my home in Florida for 3 days and then I flew back to Phoenix to start working on my shoulder. The 10 weeks of shoulder strength before the procedure really helped the shoulder heal quicker. Dr. Altcheck thought my recovery would be very fast and he was right. I had full range of motion after 14 days, after 6 weeks I was throwing a foot ball and after 8 weeks I was back on the court where I belong. I know this entire process has made me stronger and more hungry. I miss competing so much. I am trying to do everything possible to be ready for Australia, but I have promised my doctors, coach and family that I will not rush back. Since I only started practicing 16 days ago, I have only been able to practice so many hours at a time which is why I don't feel like I am ready to compete at a high level right now and this is why I need to pull out of the exhibtion in Hong Kong. But the great news is that we have taken care of the problem that has been bothering me so much over the last couple of years, and now is the time to get into what I call 'match shape'. I know my shoulder will be 100 percent by Australia, I just need to see if I have enough tennis training to be ready for that level. I want to thank all my great fans for their support, it meant so much to me during these tough weeks. I hope everyone has a great holiday.

That sucks. I'm really looking forward to Shrieka's return for a variety of reasons, but it's better to be safe than sorry I guess.

I think she should still make the trip to Melbourne, though, if the shoulder is healed. The other lady ballers could be rusty + cold and Shrieka could make some noise (though that goes without saying of course.) You never know.

Stay tuned!

(image via Getty)


  1. That's right Rich, it really sucks! I'm a big fan of Maria and I've been waiting for months now to see her on a tenniscourt again. I especially would like to see her on those beautiful blue courts in Australia. It would be a shame if she isn't ready at the start of '09!

  2. Daan: It sounds like they might have finally fixed the issue with surgery so hopefully that's solved. I can't wait to see her back - the WTA needs her ( and those infamous shrieks) back on court where they belong!

  3. I don't like her at all, but I'm sorry she's not fully recovered yet. It sucks when an injury puts a player's career in danger. In the latest pictures that have been published, she didn't look too happy. Maybe this is the reason.

  4. anon 11:33 - Yeah, I really think she'd rather be striking and shrieking at tennis balls than posing for photoshoots right about now, though she's getting plenty paid for the pictures. Gotta make mortgage money!!!

  5. I am not a fan of Maria, but like Anon said, it is really hard to see a competitor like her out with an injury that seems to be getting close to career threatening. It has been said in the past that her technique on her forehand would make her have a short career and it looks like it is happening right about now. So sad to see.


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